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Principle Banning Parents From Wearing Satin Caps and Hair Rollers Has Houston Community Outraged
In the beginning of April, principal of James Madison High School, Carlotta Outley Brown, issued a letter declaring that items including satin caps, hair roller, sagging pants, undershirts worn as shirts and short dresses would no longer be allowed on the school campus. This also includes school events held off campus.
Parents of the students at the Houston high school feel the new policy unfairly targets minority and poor parents and they are speaking out about the new strict dress code. The policy was issued after a student was not allowed to enroll in classes because her mother arrived in a headscarf and a T-shirt dress.
Joselyn Lewis wore a T-shirt dress with Marilyn Monroe on it to enroll her daughter but was not allowed on the school property. Lewis thought one of the administrators believed she was a student.
“She went on to say that she still couldn’t let me on the premises because I was not in dress code and I still didn’t understand what that meant,” Lewis said. “She said that my headscarf was out of dress code and my dress was too short.”
The daughter of Lewis was supposed to be getting enrolled at Madison High School after being unenrolled from Lamar High School due to bullying.
Lewis said that she was in the process of getting her hair done and didn’t want to be out in public with her hair out and that her dress also passed the finger length test. Because of this, she became upset and demanded to see the “parent dress code.”
“I wanted to see proof of where it says parents can come dressed a certain way, but it wouldn’t show me that. I wouldn’t leave, so they called the police department. They called them on me, and I guess he was coming to tell me to leave, but I was already on the phone with the school board,” said the upset mother.
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After this incident, the official dress code for parents was issued. The principal’s letter said that the dress code was created so students may understand “the appropriate attire they are supposed to wear when entering a building, going somewhere, applying for a job, or visiting someone outside of setting. … We are preparing our children for the future, and it begins here.”
On today a high school in Houston, TX set this dress code for PARENTS. The other photo is the Principal who set the new rules. Reminder you can be Black and still create, write, enact & enforce anti-Black policies. nothing going wrong in that school has any connection to bonnets. pic.twitter.com/nHhChVp39f
— LeslieMac 🖤 (@LeslieMac) April 24, 2019
Despite the principal being African American, many people believe this is targets the minorities attending the school which, according to the Houston Independent School District, is 40% African American and 58% Hispanic.
One student broke their arm at school, and when their mother, Rosemary Young, rushed to the school she happened to still be wearing her satin bonnet. Upon arriving at the school, she was handed a copy of the parent dress code.
“If we come here belligerent, out of control, things of that nature, that’s what you have the police for, but what I wear should never be an issue. I’m not revealing. I’m not doing anything. I don’t have any weapons,” the mother told ABC 13.
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Written by Imani Maxberry
Sources: bet.com // click2houston.com // houstonisd.org // abc13.com
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